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  1. Dane G

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    So finally after, starting and breaking down tank after tank garthering endless amounts of equipment etc i have finally managed to get a Nano going that look like it will last.

    so last Saturday i picked up a Boyu TL 4550 form Mr. Nano, I am lead to belive this is Addries old tank, anyway, i picked up the tank and retained all the water from the previous owner i must say this tank is full of life pods everywere as well as spaghetti, bristle worms, various stars and snails. filled it back up as soon as it arrived home did a test on Sunday morning and found the Alk and pH alittle low headed to perky pets to get some goodies and picked up a Zoa Frag, i also have some tiny Xenia Frag, about Three around the tank, below are some Pics looking forward to updating this thread as time goes by

    the Sun sun is a 3000L/h pump is that overkill?

    Just after filling
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    Zoa Frag
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    Grean Zoa
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  3. Dane G

    Dane G Thread Starter

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    Anyone Care to ID this guy, Chows algea like a champ
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    another of Snail
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    Can Anyone ID this aswell, doesnt move at all sends out a long single strand of something
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    Looking good Dane, great to see you finally got a tank up and running!
    Well done!
     
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    nice start, your last pic might be a spaghetti worm
     
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    tank is looking good so far nice 1
     
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    the snail is an algae eater, one of the smaller species of turbo's. Do not have my books with me to give the correct name. But hermits take them out easily.
     
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    nice to see you finally start up there. tank is looking awesome.
     
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    Its on the back pane, I thorght they were only in the sand?

    I have LOTS of then in the sand bed, should I be worried? I was think of getting a sixline wrasse will it sort my worm overload out?
     
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    a sixline is a great fish, keeps most unwanteds at bay
     
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    Do not put a six line in a nano. It will destroy your copepod population, and they are grazers. No grazers and you got algae, and you try loads of things to get the algae under control. You cannot put a Tang in there, so you need grazers like copepods
     
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    And they look great was thinking of the stock list

    Pair of black tank bred clowns
    Sixline wrasse
    A goby (still debating on which species I like the yasha)

    Shrimp(not sure which one I want dep on wrasse)

    Various softies Zoa GSP etc
     
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    why i have a sixline in my TL550 and no issues with pods, i keep him fed and mandarin is still going a year later....
     
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    I have a nice area in one of the back compartments that has ceramic rings that the copepods are thriving in I shook some into the main DT when I put my bio cubes(bomb method) in there were loads! I would love to have a dragonet but only if I could find one that's on prepared foods
     
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    Six line might dessimate your pod population but you can get other herbivores to sort out the algae. Pods ate great but they are not an essential part of a artifical reef, only if you have fish that don't eat frozen food.
     
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    I'm opening the debate for a stocklist any suggestions?

    Must have clowns, my 4 year old made it very clear lol
     
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    that seems fine, as everyone has suggested you can drop the sixline, but i would rather have no pests and use turbo snails for algae control
     
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    @dallasg and @RiaanP i have been going through some of the bio-cubes disccussions and i have some concerns that i am not getting enough flow or there is a potential problem arising

    i am using the bomb method, soaked my cubes overnight and most of the next day in RO and an airstone, placed them in the back compartment with the return pump and there are two bags of ceramic rings onto of the cubes, i am getting some Diatoms on the sand bed but not Cyno i have not tested the water just (although i have done a test on Sunday after the move) yet as i am in the process of bringing the pH and Alk up. are the Diatoms a good or Bad sign as the water an Sand bed are quite mature? i have added dead base rock could this just be a mini cycle occuring from the dead things in the rock being eaten?

    Thanks you in advance
     
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    depends on the dead base rock. Was it in a tank before? If yes, that will cause a new cycle. If it is clean fresh man made base rock, then it should be OK
     
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    Yes the rock was prev in a tank then dried out in the sun, I kept it for about four months in a sealed box before I put it into the tank
     
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    as long as the cubes have an airstone with ample bubbles and flow it should be fine. they can take up to 14 days to be fully active. Diatoms are from silicates and PO4, when you say fully mature how long? there is also a possiblity its from the rock you added. the maturity of the sand and water have no impact if the rock has silicates and PO4 bound in the rock, have you got a pic of the area affected
     
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